Half way through a 2013 season in which it had started to look as if any team could win the AL East, the Boston Red Sox have risen to the occasion and taken a stranglehold on the division. As such, the club has 10/1 odds of winning the World Series, second only to the Detroit Tigers in the American League.
The Sox’ success can be contributed to a number of individuals within the line-up, from franchise mainstays like Boston legends Dustin Pedroia, David Ortiz and Jacoby Ellsbury, to new everyday additions like Mike Napoli and Daniel Nava.
To put it bluntly, through early July, nine different Red Sox had batted in 25 or more runs, with Ortiz out in front north of 60. If you thought this line-up was weak, you weren’t the only one, but perhaps it’s time we all reconsider our MLB betting strategies.
Especially this weekend when they hit the road against the Oakland Athletics.
With the New York Yankees in a downward spiral and the Toronto Blue Jays a train wreck compared to their offseason expectations, the Red Sox will have to keep the resurgent Tampa Bay Rays at bay, as well as the Baltimore Orioles. The playoff stretch starts now.